The Jacksonville Jaguars see Travis Etienne as a dual-threat.
Head coach Urban Meyer said the Jaguars made the decision to have Travis Etienne line up as a wide receiver in rookie minicamp and they are focused on the fundamentals of playing wide receiver and learning the offense, “worst-case scenario, you have a running back that’s elite with wide receiver skills, best-case scenario, he’s a legitimate dual-threat guy”.
This isn’t necessarily news, as John Shipley of Sports Illustrated pointed out, The Jags have seen the Clemson product as a dual threat since they drafted him 25th overall in this year’s selection meeting.
Etienne told the local media the team let him know right out of the gate that they planned to give him a dual-threat kind of role and thinks that is going to work out really well. In fact, he says that football is a game of matchups and believes he can create a problem outside for opposing linebackers, so he will continue working on his route-running skills.
On one hand, the Jaguars aren’t just throwing darts at a wall and see if something sticks. They have had a plan for Etienne since Day 1 and expect him to become a key cog on offense. On the other hand, it will be interesting to see if he can make the transition to the pros and play a dual-threat role in the NFL. Also, how often will the Jaguars have two running backs on the field, and if Etienne lines up out wide, he will have to do it at someone else’s expenses, who will it be?